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Channel 5 celebrate ‘The Greatest TV of the ’60s’

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Channel 5 celebrate ‘The Greatest TV of the ’60s’

The first show, Greatest TV of the ’60s, takes a look at the best television programmes from the swinging decade that invented pop culture. From soaps to sitcoms, variety to live events, the show features insider stories and stand out footage.

Featuring interviews with some of the leading players from this decade. We hear from Coronation Street Legend William Roache about the early days of the soap, including the terrifying experience of filming live episodes. Comic Jimmy Tarbuck shares stories from his stint hosting the iconic Sunday Night at the London Palladium and remembers his comedian friends Tommy Cooper, Benny Hill and Dick Emery.

We have classic hilarious moments from Pete and Dud, Monty Python and Dad’s Army. Drama is represented with a celebration of The Avengers and Z Cars, and we learn how the epic costume drama The Forsyte Saga was so popular that pub landlords complained that bars were empty while the show was airing and churches were forced to change the timings for evensong to avoid empty pews.

We remember the start of Top of the Pops, with Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson describing how the show elevated the band’s fortunes. We remember Eurovision and kids TV, discovering how Play School accidentally launched BBC2, and finding out what happened when Blue Peter’s Valerie Singleton took a lion for a walk.

And finally the show revisits the moment that united the world – with celebrities recalling where they were when man first landed on the moon.

Greatest TV of the ’60s, Saturday, October 21st at 9.55 pm


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